Alternatives To Posters For Wall Decor
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Alternatives To Posters For Student Wall Decor

Zoe Kramer February 3, 2023

Posters are a great way to decorate a room and let your personality shine through. There’s nothing wrong with them, but sometimes our taste in decor changes as we get older, and those old posters start to get a little frayed around the edges. So, if you’re looking to change up your room’s look, here are some ideas for alternatives to posters: wall decorations that will give your space a more sophisticated feel.

Framed Prints

A perfect way to keep the poster feel while elevating your decor is to hang up framed artwork. It’s fun to choose the frames to suit each piece and the overall look of your room. You can set up a gallery wall or just hang the pieces wherever they fit best. They’re great for starting conversations and simply making a space feel more like home.


Another great option to create more interest in your space is to hang up a tapestry. You can find one in virtually any size, with some nearly big enough to take up some walls all on their own. Fabric creates a soft-looking texture in a room, making it feel cozier and more inviting. You can hang fairly lights over top for added effect.

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A nice mirror is another great wall hanging. Not only does it give you an extra opportunity to check your appearance before you head out, but it also can reflect off of the windows in your room and add more light to the space. Plus, a nice mirror is a decoration in and of itself.


Another great alternative to posters is photos. What could be better to have on your wall than a reminder of a fond memory? There are lots of creative ways you can hang up photos, whether it’s framing them, hanging them on a string of lights or placing them on a tack board. In the digital age, most of us don’t have sets of photos lying around, but it can be totally worth it to get them printed off.


Plants don’t have to be relegated to the window sill: they can thrive on the wall, too. There are plenty of wall hanging planters designed for the indoors, and you can even get plants that don’t need dirt. Or, if caring for a living plant sounds like too much work, you can get faux ivy and other leafy decorations, too.

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Zoe Kramer has been writing for GRV Media’s student-centric website Freshered since October 2022 and is now also contributing to HITC. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.